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Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel | [Stephanie Laurens]

Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.
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Publisher's Summary

Bold, daring, larger-than-life heroes and feisty, intelligent heroines propel Stephanie Laurens' exciting historical romances. Devil's Bride is rich with engaging plot and sensuous character development.

Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named. He insists that their unchaperoned night together has compromised her honor, and, therefore she must marry him. Tension levels run high as Honoria plots to thwart Devil's marriage plans and tries to help him find his cousin's killer...the same madman who is now plotting to murder Devil.

Narrator Simon Prebble tantalizes listeners as he breathes life into these intriguing characters.

Savor another Cynster novel.

©1999 Savdek Management Proprietory Ltd.; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Lush sensuality, deft plotting, and charming secondary characters make this novel a stellar beginning for the Bar Cynster series." (Amazon.com review)

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    Think about this 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too long, too drawn out, too predictable"

    I started out with an optimistic view of this book. But, the more I got in to listening, the more tedious it became. The villain of the novel, is a no- brainer from the start, so there aren't any surprises where that is concerned. There is plenty of repetition in the dialog, with our heroine's regal chin and nose turned up to the air, I began to wonder how she could ever look at anything directly in front of herself. The love story is pretty typical, for romances: boy decides he wants the girl, she doesn't want the boy, then eventually changes her mind, into an all consuming passion. Speaking of which, the love scenes are never ending, like timewise, I found my mind drifting. It was like listening to a sportscaster, on a radio; play by play, by boring play. The book lost it's momentum in the second half, and finally picked up again toward the end, where it was interesting again.
    I have read historical romances that I do enjoy, but this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 08-16-12
    Alia Rochester, MI, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Exactly What I Expected"
    What did you like best about Devil's Bride? What did you like least?

    I started out really into this book. It is well written and there was a lot of dramatic tension in the first half. Of course, I knew it was a romance when I got it, but I guess I was expecting more mystery than romance. Right around the second half (not coincidentally, around the time the sex scenes started) the entire mystery element disappeared in favor of protracted sex scenes that were so long they became tedius. The first of them was well over an hour long! If you are into that sort of thing, then you may not have felt as I did that it really took away from the overall story, and I found myself fast-forwarding them to get to the actual storyline. The mystery element was set up well, but by 3/4 of the way, I was getting frustrated with the main character to figure out who did it, when I had figured it out several hours earlier. Overall, the story was enjoyable, but if all the books in the series feature the mind-numbing sex scenes this one does, I don't think I will want to listen to the rest of the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have dramatically cut the sex scenes, which I think would have made them more rewarding.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I LOVE Simon Prebble, everything he does is fantastic. His narration is half the reason I listened to this book all the way through.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less description, more left to the imagination.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laralyn 02-22-12
    Laralyn 02-22-12
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    "started the series off well - Simon Prebble great"
    What other book might you compare Devil's Bride to and why?

    There was alot of back story, which helped the story line. Found the plot and time period interesting. I haven't read anything about that period as a fiction before so it was new to me. Better than the Elusive Bride which is the next in the series. The heroine was a little trying at times but towards the end she was better.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of his performance I've heard are strong and he does a great job separating accents and voices so you can keep up easily with the dialogue.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Treischel 09-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Devil's Bride"

    Stephanie Laurens has been a favorite author of mine for years. I have never been disappointed and am not with this one. The narrator also does a fine job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Severna Park, MD, United States 12-15-09
    Katherine Severna Park, MD, United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2010
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    "my favorite Bar Cynster story"

    If you want to listen to a steamy story with an interesting adventure tucked in.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-29-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Snoozeville"

    I just don't understand why this book (or the entire series) had so many good reviews. I found the story to be drawn-out and boring. At the start it was promising and the narrator was good but as the book went on it just bored me to death. I can't recommend this one and I will not continue on with the series despite the rave reviews. I guess it was just not my cup of tea.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 09-28-11
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 09-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "great narrator, mediocre story"

    Well, this was a real bodice ripper! Some interesting characters are in this standard romance novel plot; and listening to Mr. Prebble read the steamy parts was great -- at least for the first three or four scenes. The "mystery" wasn't; and I ended up skipping just to make sure of the ending. But it was a fun romp.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 11-30-09
    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 11-30-09
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    "Good media for unrelated daydreams"

    First let me say that I enjoyed the narrator. His portrayal of "Devil" made me think of Liam Neeson's voice everytime. Sadly, Devil and however you spell her name are boooorrrrinnnggg. The gist of the book goes like this: governess chick says no, no, no, and big Devil guy says yes, yes, yes. Sex scenes were just too long with typical yucky adjectives for peices and parts. Oh, and there is this murder of somebody's family member that they talk about between the noes and the yeses. Great book to daydream thru, especially with my faux Liam Neeson voice whispering yes, yes, yes in my ear. I would wait until this book is on sale or free...not worth a credit.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lara 01-05-12
    Lara 01-05-12

    Avid reader and now listener . . .

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    ""Sardonic""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unsure who'd enjoy this - I suspect reading the book I wouldn't have picked up so much on how often the same adjectives were used over and over again . . .


    What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used a thesaurus


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine . . .


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Harry_ATL 03-09-13
    Harry_ATL 03-09-13
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    "Outstanding Performance"

    Simon Prebble is exceptional! His performance makes the book much better than just reading it. The story is a juicy Regency romance that does certainly come to life in the voice of the narrator. The first installment of the long Cynster series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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